Library cards are free and available to all Bow residents age 6 or older. Visit the library to get yours! Parents/caregivers will need to show proof of Bow residence when signing up. Dunbarton residents who attend Bow schools are also eligible for a free library card.
The following programs are offered at the Library monthly during the academic school year. Registration is recommended for all programs unless otherwise noted, as space and resources are limited. To register your child, or to learn more about a particular event, please visit our online calendar.
Art • Lab
Second Wednesday of the Month | 3:30pm
A new program for young artists, creators, and storytime graduates. Listen to a story each month, then take part in sensory, art, and engineering activities designed to inspire our creativity and curiosity. Activities may include mixed media projects and painting, so come prepared to get messy! Recommended for Grades K-4, in the company of a parent or caregiver. Younger children may need assistance with certain projects.
Magic Tree House Book Club
Third Monday of the Month | 3:30pm
Each month, travel the world and explore new subjects with books from The Magic Tree House series, written by Mary Pope Osborne. A new book will be selected each month, with copies provided by the library. Chat, craft and play at every meeting! This program is recommended for readers in Grades 2-4, or any interested child reading at those grade levels.
Page Turners Book Club
First Thursday of the Month | 3:30pm
This Book Club is designed for readers in grades 5-8, or any interested student reading at those grade levels. Read any book of your choosing based on a monthly topic or theme, then share your book with other readers. Enjoy snacks, crafts and activities at every meeting, as you explore new books with readers like you. Themes will include books from around the world, mysteries, biographies, and books about nature, animals, food and dragons.
Third Friday of the Month | 10:00 - 11:30am
Stop by the library to meet with other homeschool families in the area. This casual, drop-in gathering will provide a social outing for both caregivers and children. Exchange ideas, discuss curriculum, work on projects and portfolios, and meet new friends! Simple crafts and activities will be provided by the library, and families are invited to bring any projects or activities they would like to work on. Registration is not required.
With a library card, families can now borrow Tinker Kits from the Baker Free Library. These kits include two books each on a scientific topic, as well as games, toys and manipulatives that help children explore and engage with the word around them. Currently, the library circulates 5 Tinker Kits:
Recommended for Ages 3-6
Recommended for Ages 4+
Recommended for Ages 7+
Ocean Kit (2)
Recommended for Ages 4+
Simply search for "Tinker Kit" in the library catalog to learn more. The library also circulates a telescope for budding stargazers! The Orion StarBlast 4.5 Reflector Telescope, provided by the New Hampshire Astronomical Society, is available to borrow with a valid library card (borrower must be 18 or older).
The Great Stone Face Book Award is sponsored by the Children's Librarians of New Hampshire (CLNH), and is given each year to an author whose book receives the most votes from fourth through sixth grade students throughout the state. Each year, a committee chooses 20 recently published titles, which children then use as a guide for voting. The vote takes place every April during National Library Week, and the winner is announced in May. The purpose of the award is to promote reading enjoyment, to increase awareness of contemporary writing, and to allow children to honor their favorite books and authors.
The winner of the Great Stone Face Award for 2022 is Ground Zero by Alan Gratz!
Stop by the Great Stone Face Display at the Library to check out the 2022 Nominees. We have multiple copies of each title available, including several audiobooks. We also offer eBooks and audiobooks to download through the Libby app.